PlayTV for the PS3 is being released shortly. RRP is $169.95. Game have it for $149 with free delivery!
It seems lacking in features for the price to me. Put the money towards a TiVoO, I say! Or a $40 twin HD TV tuner card for your PC.
PlayTV can also be had from the UK for about $100-$110 AUD shipped. See here:
How much is a Tivo though? Getting one for your PC and having to wire it all up or transfering files to your ps3 to watch it is a bit troublesome. Having it directly on the PS3 is much more convenient in my opinion.
Also, i was going to buy it from UK, but i'm just concerned about warranty's or if you have any issues, you have to send it back to the UK. For the sake of 40 or 50 bucks.. i'd rather buy it locally.
I think now the rates have gone up even in UK, and with the current exchange, the game.com.au deal is a very good one, esp. since your warranty is covered here in Australia ( god forbid, if something goes wrong.)
Otherwise, there is no difference in the hardware whether you are buying from UK or Australia, and yes, UK would be a few dollars cheaper.
I think its got a lot of good feutures for that price nearly as good as the Tivo without the rip off tivo price
If you don't have a PS3 then its about $650 for a PS3 + PlayTV so when you compare it that way the TiVo isn't that much of a rip off.
Nifty feature for current PS3 owners though.
TiVo doesn't have a Blu-Ray player though..
PlayTV + PS3 easily beats a TiVo for features on a per dollar basis!
Obviously this is for those who already own a PS3. Would be like saying that a $40 blu-ray ps3 remote is not good value as you'd have to pay $540 if you didn't have a PS3.
Pricey, and the massive power consumption used by PS3 don't make it cost effective.
Really, we are not comparing apples to apples here.
PS3 is a really good gaming console, which also have additional features like BluRay player, (now) HD recording, WiFi, excellent Photo Viewer, option of linux OS ( in the older, non-slim models) etc.
For 150 AUD, if you are getting twin HD tuner, with a brand like Sony, I personally think it is a good deal.
How is a PVR for $150 pricey its perfect with the people who have a ps3. The new ps3 slim consumes less power. And at least doesn't overheat like a other rushed produced system
As opposed to the other appliances already running in your home. I doubt not using a PS3 will make much of a difference when the bill comes in.
Don't tell me you'll forego getting an appliance due to it's power consumption. (Because the electrical bill is always in the consumer's mind when they go buy an appliance……….yeah right!)
Good to see some healthy discussion over this! I perosnally haven't tried PlayTV, so I would love to hear from some users as to their experience with it.
My first concern is if HD recordings can take up to 10GB per hour, your standard PS3 hard drive would be full very quickly.
Is it true that while PlayTV is recording you can't play PS3 games? Or has latter firmware releases fixed this?
You can play PS3 games at the same time.
You can also buy a 500gb hard drive from MSY for around 100 bucks as well and put it in yourself without affecting the warranty :)
I'm disappointed with the price considering in the UK it goes for the equivalent of $85 when you take into account exchange rates and VAT/GST differences.
Does that include the shipping?
Show me somewhere where its sold for 85 bucks??
Even from the UK the cheapest i saw is about $110 delivered
I was talking about the equivalent price in the UK. Comet (a whitegoods/electronics store), and others, sell it for 50 GBP, which is about 43.40 GBP before tax. Add 10% GST and you're looking at approximately 47 GBP = $86.
If you want it delivered you're going to pay more, because it weighs a fair bit, and most of the UK online stores will still charge you the 15% VAT even though they don't have too. Annoyingly, the ones which do not charge VAT on international orders (i.e. Amazon) often won't ship electronics overseas.
I wasn't comparing this particular deal against an imported version, I would rather buy one in Australia, mainly for warranty reasons, but also to support the local industry. What I am saying is that I feel even $149 is overpriced considering what others are paying, especially considering we have had to wait over a year for it. It's similar to the difference in the prices which Apple charge in different countries. Considering the dollar is doing OK against both the USD and the GBP at the moment, and considering that the prices in the UK are often highest in the world for video games & accessories, I was a little shocked to see it so high. I had hoped it would come into the market at $100 or so.
I wonder if Sony had to pay to get the unneeded Freeview certification, and if so, how much this has impacted on the price.
ahh i c. Well i guess they will say the usual economies of scale excuse? UK = lots of ppl. Aus = Much less.
With the dollar above 90cents and the amount they are already marked up overseas…game importing should be able to off load at under $100AU and include a BLOODY SPLITTER!
Ive had one purchased from the UK since release and its awesome, best PVR box around and the cost is great. I have purchased a number of proper PVRs and this one beats them all. Whilst it needs some features added the best thing is that Sony does do updates unlike other PVR companies that release crap and never both to fix it.
May be a bargain compared to other Oz prices, although its not a true twin tuner, can only record one channel and watch another, can't record on both.
Also, it is Freeview compliant, so no skipping ads or copying recorded files to an external drive. It did have a FF 120x but that's been disabled too.
Up until recently there's been issues with the recording being jumpy if watching something else or gaming whilst recording, but it seems this has been fixed with firmware. People on the whirlpool forums seem to be saying it has something to do with the HDD selected when upgrading. Don't know which is correct, check it out for yourself.
I hope you positive voters realise that this thing doesn't record in HD = useless for me as I'm all about HD lol!
Eh? what do u mean not HD recording?
•HD Recording officially supported (MPEG2 for AU, MPEG4 for NZ).
Check again, it does record in HD. Firmware update today enabled HD recording :)
No high def?
So this is basically a standard definition recorder? Bugger.
Nah, i think the guy is confused. Its HD recording
reads like the latest firmware update allows HD recording (and can now get SBS).
Confirmed, just did the update on mine. Had mine since the release and never had SBS and it also does HD recording…Sweeeeet. Not a bad price $149 almost as cheap as what I paid from the UK last year.
Berlin Wall have it preorder for $145 (pickup) for Adelaide folk!
Yeah I've been holding off getting a PVR while I waited for this. If you already have a PS3 its such a better deal than shelling out an extra grand for another equivalent Panasonic device. At the most you'll just have to pay a bit extra for a bigger HD from MSY or somewhere.
Thanks for this post, just ordered one. I also got a wandTV a few weeks ago for my laptop, more useful for keeping an eye on news while I'm "working" :)
I figure $150 for this thing, another $100 or so for a 500gb hd, and the interface should be simple enough my other half can manage to record her girly shows!
I got to admit, my 360 doesn't get used much these days, after one RROD, my live membership expiring and finishing all the guitar hero/rock band games on it!
Does anyone know though, can you get EPG with this, and use it to schedule recordings?
Yes it can use the EPG, its not perfect but thats the fault of the TV stations for never supplying accurate info. Aussie TV stations for some reason hold back TV programming like its the holy grail. It works for most things but I tend to set max mins before and after incase the times out. All in all its not bad for a free EPG. Hopefully Sony has asked the stations nicely in AU to realise its 2009 not 1809 :)
I don't think TIVO is a ripped off. I prefer a TIVO over the PS3 TV, why?
-While using your PS3 for recording, you can't play game or watch movie eg..blu-ray, divx etc.
-PS3 TV You can't record two show at the same time.
-I prefer a dedicated DVR recorder instead, leaving room for you to use your PS3.
From the Sony website:
Two High Definition TV tuners: both able to watch, pause and record TV in High Definition, as well as Standard Definition. Ability to record TV while playing games or watching a Blu-ray movie or DVD.
I love how people can pull shit out of their arse. Be put in their place. Then never say "Thank You" for being corrected.
The main problem with this is there's not a lot on Freeview over here, unlike the UK.
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